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Our last newsletter of 2014. Have a look what we have been up to and all the wonderful things we are planning for 2015. Happy nurturing!

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  • December2014


    We are really looking forward to the new NGN SummerSchool, 28-30th July 2015 at Warwick University. This willbe a great opportunity for so many of us to get together,look at new ideas and resources, share experiences, meetnew nurturing friends and catch up with old ones.

    Emotional well-beingin schools

    p3 Nurture news

    We have to remember to be very careful not to take on the emotional baggage thatwere exposed to every day, and this Summer School offers you the chance tounwind among like-minded people, those who really understand what its like toteach our challenging children and young people.

    The feedback that weve had at NGN from delegates at our regional and nationalconferences is that there just isnt enough time in a day to get the most fromnetworking and sharing, so this is your chance. And if that isnt enough, we have100 bursaries to give away to the first 100 who book their place. Its not all workand no play, included are two nights accommodation in en-suite rooms, abarbecue night and a more formal dinner, all your meals, use of Warwicks fabulousleisure facilities and well be providing yoga and relaxation sessions time for a bitof nurture for you!

    Over the three days you will be able to choose up to nine workshops (from aprogramme of 54, many of which are brand new!), three keynotes plus discussiongroups and social events. Roll on summer!

    p4&5The First InternationalResearch Conferenceon Nurture inEducation

    p6 New NGN coursesp7 Upcoming events

    Summer is coming!


    The Nurture Group Network is pleased toannounce the Call ForPapers for the secondedition of the InternationalJournal for Nurture inEducation. Abstracts ofbetween 200-300 words canbe submitted and should bedirectly related to nurturegroups or nurture principles ineducation, exploring themes ofeffectiveness of nurture groups,neuroscience, school culture,school improvement, nurture ineducation, and relatedsubjects.Please contact Edurne for further

    p8 Our Mission

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  • NGN research was included as part of the summaryof evidence and endorsed as one of the most

    effective means of supportingemotional needs of troubled

    pupils at school. Much ofthe following debate centredaround the need forteachers to be trained inattachment and emotionalwell-being techniques. As

    I pointed out, just whatweve been doing in nurture

    groups since 1969.

    Emotional well-beingin schoolsIn November, I had the pleasure of speakingat a reception in the House of Commons insupport of a paper submitted by theConsortium for Emotional Well Being inSchools (CEWBS). The CEWBS paper wantsGovernment to work towards accreditedtraining in childrens emotional developmentand attachment to be available to all andcame up with seven recommendations, mostof which NGN does already. The paper recommends: 1. Champion outstanding practice in schools;2. Widen the role of teacher training providers;3. Extend the role of virtual headteachers; 4. Create a national register of trainers; 5. Commission research; 6. Action by childrens organisations, and7. Additional role for Ofsted.

    happening at NGN

    p2HQ updateNGN continues to grow and part of this is welcoming Sophie Slater andMelisa Meakin to the team. Sophie is our new executive assistant and alsohelps with all our conference bookings. Sophie has a background inlinguistics and law but always knew she wanted to move into the educationsphere. Melisa is our publications and sales executive and brings lots ofoffice management experience to the Paisley office.

    Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to Judith Bitcon and LynneGriffiths in the Wigan office. Judith and Lynne are retiring this year after along career with NGN. They have been with NGN through some interestingtimes and have always rolled up their sleeves and got on with the job. Therewill be plenty of opportunity to thank Judith and Lynne for their commitmentto NGN but we couldnt do an HQ update without saying a massiveTHANK YOU to both of them.

    Awareness raisingin Norwich andLiverpoolWe had great success at ourNorwich conference on 26September. We kicked off theday with a few words fromCEO Kevin Kibble and NGN regional co-ordinator Jeni Barnacle and movedon to keynotes from NGN researcher Edurne Scott Loinaz, Danny Sweatmanfrom Aylsham High School and Dr Tina Rae. The NGN workshops were onsensory issues and nurture groups at secondary level, while Dr Raediscussed mindfulness in the nurture room and Gill Blackett, Sarah Youngand Suzanne Mason shared their experience of working towards the MarjorieBoxall Quality Mark Award. As part of his keynote, Danny brought Lydia andHarry along with him so they could share their stories and tell delegates howtheir nurture group completely changed things for both of them. They wereabsolutely fantastic speakers and there was a wonderful moment whereHarry said putting me in Eagles [nurture group] was the best decision myparents and the school could have made for me. A huge thank you to Harryand Lydia for joining us.

    Our Liverpool conference was also a hit with a lot of people leaving happyand full of ideas for their nurture practice. Edurne shared her research resultsand Dr Tina Rae spoke on the importance of building resilience. They werejoined by Dr Vicky Booth who discussed the role of narrative in the nurturegroup. The staff from Wigan council joined us to provide workshops onhelping children deal with bereavement, maths in the nurture room and theRelax to Learn programme. Dr Rae provided delegates with useful strategiesand resources for using mindfulness in the nurture group and NGN trainingofficer Wendy Roden discussed the QMA.

    We are touring the country to make sure everyone has access to theworkshops and keynotes so if you couldnt make it to Norwich or Liverpool,please check our website to see where we are next.

    Kevin Kibble Nurture Group Network Chief Executive

    Danny, Harryand Lydia

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  • Gingerstravels If you are amember ofour Facebook page you might haveseen Ginger the bear on his Ameliestyle journey. The idea came fromLinda Carter who, after 14 yearsrunning Rainbow Group, wanted apiece of the group to carry on after itsadly closed. Linda gives the formernurture group regular updates onGingers travels. He is currently visitinga group in Wigan and will then be onthe move to Watford viaKidderminster. Keep checking ourFacebook group for Ginger updates.


    Afritwin and Gangsta GrannyWe recently came across agreat story from DartonCollege nurture group. Theyhave been running a projectcalled Afritwin that linksschools in Africa and Yorkshirethrough reading. The learnershad been reading DavidWalliams' books that includetitles like Ratburger, GangstaGranny and Billionaire Boy andenjoyed it so much theywanted to tell him. To theirsurprise, David wrote backwith a signed picture and notethat said: To all in NurtureClass, Keep reading! Its goodfor you! David Walliams x

    Are your nurture groupsrunning any specialprogrammes at the moment?Are you doing anything youwould like to share with us? Ifso, please contact Kat in theLondon

    Learning About NurtureMaja KnudsenThose of us who work in the Oslo educational-psychologicalservices are very fortunate. Every couple of years our departmentarranges a study trip, where we visit other practitioners in our fieldto learn, find inspiration and see our own work from a new point ofview. This year's trip brought us to England, to the Nurture GroupNetwork, the nurture group schools in Enfield, and to the NurtureGroup Network's first international research conference. Our headof department had actually visited a nurture group once before,and spoke so warmly of her experiences there that we simply knewwe had to make this visit happen, and thankfully we did.

    In Norway we face many challenges in our roles as educational-psychology practitioners, especially when working withdisadvantaged children, and attachment theory is one topic thathas recently come to the forefront of our minds. So when we firstlearned of the nurture groups and their six principles in workingwith children, especially children who have attachment difficultiesand poor levels of care in the home, we knew this would be agolden opportunity to see attachment theory at work in the field,incorporated into everyday school life. The fact that security,attachment and having a safe home base is vital to children andto their learning is not new to us, far from it, but to incorporate thattype of work with an academic focus for the children is somethingwe really wanted to see more of. After all, it is so easy to overlookthe fact that children without a secure attachment and whosebasic needs for safety and care are not met probably will not beaccessible for learning.

    So for us, reading about nurture group work was onething, but to actually see it being done is where the reallearning happened! The Nurture Group Networkconference was very exciting, informative and inspiring initself, especially getting to talk to other educational-psychology practitioners and hearing more about thechallenges they face and how they manage to overcomethem. However, seeing the nurture group teachers

    actually working and interacting with the childrenin their groups during our school visits to Enfieldwas by far our favourite part of this trip.We were very inspired by how colourfulthe nurture group classrooms were! We may not have our own nurture groups here inNorway, but many of us have already begunincorporating the ideas behind nurture groups andthe six nurture group principles into our daily wo